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Poster: Phil_ Date: Feb 9, 2012 5:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: I'm not sure if this is PD

This movie has a cryptic copyright notice on the title screen. Please move here it if it is PD, otherwise remove it.

http://www.archive.org/details/Mayerling_857

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Poster: larus Date: Feb 10, 2012 1:05pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: I'm not sure if this is PD

It is definitely not PD.
Its US copyright, had it ever lapsed (I haven't bothered to check), would have been restored by the Uruguay Rounds Agreements Act on January 1st, 1996.
The film has a least one non-American author from an eligible source country (French composer Arthur Honneger), was under copyright in France on January 1st 1996 (French copyright terms run for the life of the longest surviving author [director, writer or composer]) plus 70 years, so no film made after 1925 can have been public domain in France as of January 1st 1996), and was first released in an eligible country (France), more than 30 days (actually over half a year) before its US release.

This post was modified by larus on 2012-02-10 21:05:52

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Poster: elmagno Date: Feb 10, 2012 11:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: I'm not sure if this is PD

If what you are referring to on the title screen is "copyright (symbol) Pax Films 1937" there's nothing "cryptic" about it.

However, there is a Janus Films imprint barely visible in the first frame or two that casts a heap of doubt on this version.

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